Brenda O'Farrell has been on the job as rabble.ca's editor-in-chief for a few months now. She started working with us in October 2018. Now that she’s had a few months to settle in, and with it being a brand new year, Victoria Fenner thought it would be a time to ask her to share her ideas about media in Canada and rabble.ca in particular.
Brenda comes from a different place in the media ecosystem than rabble, having worked mostly in commercial media, but even in these early days she’s showing that she has good ideas about how to navigate the ever-changing media landscape that we now find ourselves in, and that she has some great ideas for rabble.ca as we chart our course in these challenging times. They talked via Skype.
Bio: Brenda O’Farrell is the editor-in-chief of rabble.ca. Formerly a senior editor at the Montreal Gazette, she has held a variety of positions, including National editor, Sunday editor and special projects editor. She created and launched the Homefront section, which appears in the Saturday edition, before leading the reporting team that launched two of Postmedia’s most successful hyper-local news websites.
She started her career as a reporter at a community weekly paper, and is now an active member of the board of directors of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association. She has also been an on-air commentator at CJAD Radio in Montreal, and a professor of journalism at Concordia University.
She lives just west of Montreal.
Image: Brenda O'Farrell
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